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49 Kitchen-Tested Products

Immersion Blenders
Immersion Blenders
Manufacturers brag about speeds and power, but what really makes a good blender? We immersed ourselves in the facts to find out.
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Fondue Pots
Fondue Pots
Retro? Maybe. But nothing beats a good old-fashioned fondue pot when it comes to serving this party favorite.
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Slow Cookers
Slow Cookers
Can machines designed for the same simple purpose—cooking food slowly enough that you can walk away—be all that different? You’d be surprised.
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Food Dehydrators
Food Dehydrators
To find the best dehydrator, we purchased five models and set them to work creating some of our favorite dried snacks (apple chips, kale chips, beef jerky, and …
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Ice Cream Makers
Ice Cream Makers
Home ice cream makers are well worth the money and counter space—if you buy a good one.
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High-End Professional-Style Food Processors
High-End Professional-Style Food Processors
We tested two high-end food processors to see whether they offered any extra features that made them worth nearly two to three times the price of an ordinary fo…
Belgian Waffle Irons
Belgian Waffle Irons
We set a price cap of $100 and tested 13 irons, making batches of both a Belgian-style yeasted waffle batter and the batter for our everyday Cook's Illustrated …
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Small Food Processors
Small Food Processors
We love our winning food processor, but it’s big and costs nearly $200. Could we find a cheaper, smaller model that still aces basic tasks?
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Personal Blenders
Personal Blenders
“Personal blenders” offer promising perks over full-size blenders, such as smaller footprints, lower price tags, and lids that allow them to transition neatly f…
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Knife Sharpeners, 20-Degree (Conventional Western)
Knife Sharpeners, 20-Degree (Conventional Western)
We tested nine sharpeners designed to maintain 20-degree (Western style) knives.
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Rice Cookers
Rice Cookers
A good rice cooker should make the task of cooking rice convenient and foolproof. We tested five models to see if any of them measured up.
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Large Ice Cream Makers
Large Ice Cream Makers
We churned vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet in five different large ice cream makers to find out which was best for large batches.
Bread Machines
Bread Machines
We tested five bread machines to see if the newer, less-expensive models now on the market could produce a great loaf.
Electric Citrus Juicers
Electric Citrus Juicers
We tested seven inexpensive citrus juicers to see how they compare to our favorite (but much more expensive) electric citrus juicer.
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Tea Machines
Tea Machines
Would brewing tea with a tea machine be more convenient than using a regular electric kettle?
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Handheld Electric Mixers
Handheld Electric Mixers
We whipped ourselves into a frenzy looking for the best mixer.
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Sous Vide Machines
Sous Vide Machines
High-end restaurants have cooked using the sous vide method for decades, but we tested five sous vide machines designed for home use: two water ovens and three …
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Home Seltzer Makers
Home Seltzer Makers
Home seltzer makers that transform still water into sparkling promise clear advantages over buying bottled seltzer from the store. We put four models to the tes…
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Vacuum Sealers
Vacuum Sealers
With the next generation of home vacuum sealers out, could we find one that keeps food fresh without sucking our wallets dry?
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Greek Yogurt Maker
Greek Yogurt Maker
This appliance promises to streamline the process of making Greek yogurt at home. Does it deliver?
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Single-Serve Pod Coffee Makers
Single-Serve Pod Coffee Makers
We put five single-serve pod coffee makers to the test.
Small Slow Cookers
Small Slow Cookers
We looked for a model that was consistent and easy to use—and could guarantee perfectly cooked dinners.
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Two-Slice Toasters
Two-Slice Toasters
If we can send a robot to Mars, why can’t anybody make a decent toaster?
Stand Mixers (Inexpensive)
Stand Mixers (Inexpensive)
Can you buy a solid mixer for under $250?
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Quesadilla Maker
Quesadilla Maker
Do you really need this?
Coffee Grinders
Coffee Grinders
It's more of a challenge to choose among available coffee grinders than it is to actually grind coffee beans.
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Mini Slow Cookers
Mini Slow Cookers
They may look like novelty items, but these itty-bitty slow cookers are more versatile than you might think.
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Multicookers
Multicookers
Jack of all trades, master of none? We check out the buzzy new appliance that promises to do it all.
Stand Mixers (High-End)
Stand Mixers (High-End)
A stand mixer is one of the most expensive appliances in your kitchen, so it had better do it all—from whipping a single egg white to kneading thick pizza dough…
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Portable Crock Pot
Portable Crock Pot
This device is designed to both transport and warm your food for hot lunches anywhere you can find an outlet.
Large-Capacity Food Scale
Large-Capacity Food Scale
Do you need a kitchen scale that can weigh ingredients up to 22 pounds?
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Best Coffee Maker (Automatic Drip)
Best Coffee Maker (Automatic Drip)
The success of our favorite—but very pricey—Dutch automatic drip model spurred the launch of new rivals. Could any brew a great cup with less pain to our wallet…
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Blenders
Blenders
When our affordable favorite went kaput after less than a year, we had to wonder: How much would we need to spend for durability and a little peace of mind?
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Electric Juicers (Juice Extractors)
Electric Juicers (Juice Extractors)
While citrus reamers tackle oranges and the like, juice extractors expand the options to almost any fruit or vegetable.
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Ice Cream Cone Makers
Ice Cream Cone Makers
Want to make crispy, fresh ice cream cones at home? Try one of these ice cream cone makers.
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Moka Pots
Moka Pots
Before we found a winner, we had to learn how to master the subtle techniques that make these small, inexpensive coffee makers worth purchasing.
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